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K9ZW Computers in the Shack

Boy do I have a mess in the shack – several computers not very well coordinated due to a split vision and having been acquired over too much time.

My Flex-5000A with PowerSDR runs on a 4-5 year old Dell tower that really isn’t adequate. Some of my peeves with PowerSDR can be lain at the feet of a marginal computer. Dual core Windows-XP box with not really that much going for it, the highlight is having dual screens and the requisite Firewire port.

Elsewhere in the house I do all writing, and all my “home work” from work, on an early Aluminum MacBook. This is the smallest & slowest MacBook but is running the latest Mountain Lion.

For portable operations I retired a now defunct IBM Thinkpad and replaced it with a decent Windows XP-Pro larger Thinkpad. Nothing fancy but when a decent battery was added it is close to a portable version of the Dell Tower.

Retired, but lingering around are a MacMini (early series) that my youngest bloated the hard disk gaming and won’t run. Have been meaning to see if I can coax the machine back to life, at least enough to rescue pictures.

An older G5 iMac is around too – it was one that the power supply had the counterfeit capacitor issue, fixed under “quiet recall” and hasn’t really been used since.

Then my newest computer is running on my project’s desk – a Raspberry Pi. A neat little ARM based Linux computer, it has been running as a “burn-in” on the desk.

There are enough parts and licenses to put together a few wobbly generic PC’s with either Linux installs or using one of the Window’s Licenses if Microsoft will issue a key for replacement hardware.

Looking forward my wants and needs are:

  • Running PowerSDR for the Flex-5000A (Windows)
  • Running SmartSDR for the upcoming Flex-6000 (Windows)
  • Running EZNEC Antenna Modeling (Windows)
  • Running N4PY for the TenTec Pegasus and Jupiter (Windows)
  • Running MixW, JT65HF, DDUTIL, PowerMaster and similar station accessory programs (Windows)
  • Running the Bengali CW Software (Windows)
  • Running fldigi and related programs (Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux)
  • Running MacLoggerDX (Mac OSX)
  • Running CocoaModem (Mac OSX)
  • Running cocoaNEC (Mac OSX)
  • Running Sibelius Music Software (Windows or Max OSX)
  • Running Noteworthy Composer (Windows)
  • Running Scrivener (Complex Document Editing) Software (Windows or Mac OSX)
  • Full Word Processing Software – needs to exchange files with MS Word (Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux)
  • Full Spreadsheet Software – needs to exchange files with MS Excel (Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux)
  • Full Presentation Software – needs to exchange files with MS Powerpoint (Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux)
  • Service my iPod – (Windows or Mac OSX)
  • Downloading and Organizing my Photos (prefer Mac OSX)

Then after that I get into things I do occasionally, rather than regularly.

Really looks like two avenues of choice – an Apple iMac or MacPro with Bootcamp or Parallels to run Windows, or two separate machines with one Windows and one OSX basis (also perhaps running Bootcamp or Parallels as well.)

The new iMac really is a looker – and my Apple experience is much more positive than my Windows experience.

But then there are the Flex-5000A’s PowerSDR and Firewire needs.

Presently I am leaning to upgrading the shack’s Dell with a roll-you-own Windows-7 box AND replace the MacBook with an iMac running Parallels/Win-7.

The MacPro is pricy enough that it is not really justifiable for home use, but wow it would be sweet.

How would you set this up?

73

Steve
K9ZW

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A new MixW Version for the Holidays

Noticed that Nick UT2UZ and Denis UU9JDR have released a new major version of MixW

I’ll be looking over the new version in the next few weeks.

http://mixw.net/

 

From the MixW Website:

MixW3 is a next step on the way to the upcoming multiplatform MixW project
There is a lot of work to do, but now we’d like to present a prototype of future MixW4, a very simple DigiPan32 project (see below).
MixW3 proposes new Telnet dialog with talk over DxCluster support and a possibility to have a backup copies of your log on our server, dx.mixw.net. Logs can be password protected.
MixW3 upgrade is free for those who stay with us 10 years or more. MixW3 is free for beta team, HAM radio developers and DxPeditions.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Flex-5000A does Hellschreiber

Set up the Flex-Radio Flex-5000A and MixW Software to do “Feld Hell,” the most common variety of Hellschreiber.

If you are not familiar with Hellschreiber, I’ve done a post explaining this interesting mode.  You can find it at:

REPOST: Hellschreiber – The Modern/Historic Analog/Digital Mode

 

Flex-5000A doing Hellschreiber at the K9ZW shack

Flex-5000A doing Hellschreiber at the K9ZW shack

Again I have much more to configure, but the basic setup is sound!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Flex-5000A on Digital – First PSK on the New Flex-Radio at K9ZW

Took a few minutes (would be quicker if I read the directions) to set up the Flex-5000A to use MixW and a neat internal interface called “VAC” (Virtual Audio cables) to set up the Flex-5000A for Digital Mode.

Here is a screen shot:

 

First Flex Digital at K9ZW

First Flex Digital at K9ZW

I’ve a ways to go to make this all work as I would like it to.

BTW with the speed of the new machine it looks like all my logs could be merged.  I had avoided this on the old XP Box as it was easily overwhelmed whenever my logfile got big.

For details on the setup using MixW and VAC see the Knowledge Base and Manuals at Flex-Radio.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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The MixW Add-Ons – MixWBuddy & MixWButton

Peter Viscarola, K1PGV has created a collection of really useful add-ons for the popular MixW Digital Software Package.

MIXWBUDDY

MixW Buddy Screen Shot

MixWBuddy is a really neat set of Mode-Macros with an optional five user configurable Macro Buttons.

MIXW BUTTONS

MixW Buttons Screen Shot

MixWButtons is a fully user configurable table of User Macros, offering up to 100 additional Macros for MixW.  Please notice these User Macros can control modes, just like MixW Buddy, but do require you to program in the script.

MIXW CALLBOOK DLL

MixW Callbook DLL is an interface to either a paid QRZ.com Callbook subscription or with the public pages.

Peter has created these under Microsoft’s .NET environment, so you will need to have that facility available & running on your machine.

In each case MixW is started first, then the K1PGV add-on.

I’ve covered my use of MixW in past posts, including:

Software that Works for K9ZW – MixW Digital & Logging Package 

73

Steve
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Software that Works for K9ZW – MixW Digital & Logging Package

Developed onver a 15 year period by Nick Fedoseev UT2UZ and later with Denis Nechitailov UU9JDR, MixW is a Digital Mode, CAT, Rotor Control, Logging, Digital Contesting program with a world wide following.

I’ve been using MixW for several years and have added to the basic MixW several additional modes, macros and Icons.  It also exchanges data with the N4PY CAT software package I run.

MixW in Action

Modes supported:

  • SSB
  • CW
  • AM
  • BPSK/BPSK63
  • QPSK
  • FSK31
  • RTTY any speed any shift
  • Packet (VHF) & (UHF)
  • Pactor RX
  • AMTOR RX & FEC TX
  • MFSK/Graphics Color/BW
  • Olivia
  • Contestia
  • RTTYM
  • Throb
  • MT63
  • Hellschreiber
  • FAX
  • SSTV
  • Normal Logging
  • Contest Logging
  • CD/ROM Callbook

Links:

MixW Main Website

MixW USA Dealer’s Website (via Jim Jaff WA2VOS)

MixW Reviews at eHam

MixW Yahoo Group

I’ve had the pleasure of working Nick UT2UZ while using his software! (I’ve also worked Jim WA2VOS the USA dealer as well!)

A great package!  Check it out!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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